Scale Computing announced today that STES, one of Tahiti's premier providers of outsourced cashing and banking services, has adopted a hyperconverged IT solution based on Scale Computing’s award winning HC3 edge and hyperconverged platform.
The installation combines servers, storage and a hypervisor with backup and disaster recovery capabilities – all within a single, easy-to-operate unit. Scale Computing's solution enables STES to create a scalable, highly available and affordable IT environment while delivering on the fast data recovery essential for STES' banking and financial service operations.
Many of Tahiti's most prominent businesses, including the Bank of Polynesia and the Bank of Tahiti, rely on STES for outsourced financial services. STES processes more than $70 million a month in French Polynesia currency transactions and also produces customized check books for public and private sector use. STES will also offer an innovative digital banking service in a few months to French Polynesia customers. Because the company operates with a lean IT department, a simple and powerful IT solution was needed to keep in-house IT focused on their core responsibilities and cut troubleshooting and maintenance time to a minimum.
“To give you an understanding of our requirements, let's just take a look at our check production business. We produce over 350,000 check pages each month for our clients. That's a huge volume of work in terms of preparation and administration and requires an incredible amount of supporting systems and data. So it's critical that our IT infrastructure is accessible at all times and that we can ensure checks are issued on time and to client specifications,” said STES Chief Information Officer Christophe Courcaud. “Scale Computing delivers on the necessary data protection because of the built-in backup and remote replication functionality in its HC3 platform. Scale Computing also provides the necessary scalability to grow and develop our business further without the worry of unexpected overheads that come with more traditional IT deployments.”
In order to protect critical data and maintain an effective DR strategy, STES replicates data between two sites on the island. The sites are 7.5 miles apart to allow local protection in case of natural disasters such as hurricanes or earthquakes. Snapshots are taken on an hourly or daily basis depending on client requirements and, in the event of a disaster, data can be recovered within 15 minutes to an hour.
“By deploying Scale Computing, STES has removed the need for a complicated and potentially expensive IT infrastructure. This is because our HC3 platform eliminates the requirement for VMware, separate backup software and DR software. I'd estimate that it has also significantly cut the time that the company's IT team spends managing their infrastructure,” said Dan Pierce, vice president of strategic sales at Scale Computing. “This deployment demonstrates the truly global need for intelligent edge computing and the desire across all businesses and all sectors to bring automation to their IT systems.”
About Scale Computing
Scale Computing integrates storage, servers and virtualization software into an all-in-one appliance-based system that is scalable, self-healing, and as easy to manage as a single server. Using industry standard components, the HC3 appliances install in under an hour and can be expanded and upgraded with no downtime. High availability insulates the user from any disk or server failure and a unified management capability driven by the patented HyperCore Software™, efficiently integrates all functionality. The result is a data center solution that reduces operational complexity, allows a faster response to business issues, and dramatically reduces costs.